Last week I wrote about the dismal ticket sales and very small audience attendance in response to Hillary and Bill Clinton’s road tour. I have a bit of an update now as things have gone from bad to worse for the once popular Democrat couple.
The funeral service for President George H.W. Bush on December 5 in Washington, D.C. provided cover for the Clintons to cancel their date in Houston for December 4, though there would have been plenty of time to do both if they so chose. As I previously wrote, ticket sales were extremely slow and then word came that the tickets being sold had been discounted up to 90% of the original price. Ouch. Hillary (or her staff) tweeted out that she and Bill look forward to coming to Houston in the near future.
Bill and I will be traveling to Washington to pay our respects to President George H.W. Bush and his family at the funeral this week.
We were greatly looking forward to being in Houston for our event this week, and are excited to come back next year as soon as we find a date.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 3, 2018
Now it is reported that “An Evening with the Clintons” tickets are being sold on Groupon for $35.00 each. What a deal! That Groupon deal, by the way, is for an evening in Los Angeles. Wow. Even the liberal haven of L.A. seems to be over Bill and Hill.
For their May 19 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California, – which seats more than 17,000 – tickets usually priced at $77 are now going for $35, with $120 tickets discounted to $50, and $175 seats down to $72.
Despite the site telling customers that ‘tickets are selling fast!’ with ‘limited time remaining,’ it appears that less than 450 discounted tickets have actually been sold
A Groupon deal for the Clinton’s talk is for the liberal stronghold of Los Angeles where one would imagine the political power couple should be able to pull in the numbers.
Where’s Barbra Streisand when they need her? The tour is now on what is being described as a holiday break. The next listed date on the tour schedule is in April 2019 so that is one long holiday. I won’t be surprised if the Houston date isn’t re-scheduled at all and the tour quietly fades away. It seems hard to justify continuing on if so few tickets can be sold, regardless of the city and venue. Remember, all of the cities on this tour were specifically chosen because they were viewed as Democrat-friendly cities.
So, I was a bit surprised to find a story yesterday that reported the sighting of Hillary Clinton in India for a wedding celebration. The wedding is a merger of the two wealthiest families in India so it quickly made sense to me that Hillary would be attending. Bill is not with her on the trip.
Hillary Clinton was spotted in Udaipur, India, on Saturday with other guests attending celebrations ahead of the wedding for the daughter of India’s wealthiest businessman.
Clinton arrived to attend pre-wedding celebrations for Isha Ambani, daughter of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, Reuters reports. The wedding ceremony is Wednesday in Mumbai.
The star-studded engagement ceremony was slated to include private concerts by singers Beyonce and John Legend, and is reportedly being referred to locally as “the big, fat Indian wedding.”
Meanwhile, when the funeral service for President Bush in Washington, D.C. was announced, another former First Lady announced her tour was being changed to accommodate the timetable. Michelle Obama tweeted that she would be re-scheduling her book tour stops in Paris and Berlin in order to attend the Bush service.
It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life. This will unfortunately preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin. I’ve been deeply touched by the enthusiasm for my memoir, and I’m working to reschedule my trip for next year.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 2, 2018
It should be noted that Michelle Obama’s book tour is going in the opposite direction of the Clinton tour. Celebrities are joining her on stage and her ticket sales are strong, despite the high prices. Her book, “Becoming” is wildly popular, according to sales reports. The publisher reports 2 million books sold in the first 15 days of sales. Some are considered bundled sales, sure, but still. That’s a lot of books.
Perhaps “An Evening with the Clintons” will prove to be the swan song for the pair. Both possess giant egos and will not exit the stage willingly. Maybe a lack of monetary reward will help them move off into their retirement years.